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This week at rotary...

On December 20, the Salem High School Band and Choir gave their annual performance. As always, the concert was spectacular. Assistant Governor Martha Mauser was in attendance. She spoke briefly and described how our own Mike McLaughlin was positively glowing about the Salem Rotary's new membership initiatives. She congratulated the club on such great ideas! Cynthia Napierkowski of the Salem High School band told us that her daughter, a past recipeint of a Salem Rotary scholarship, came home for the holidays. Her son also recently got a car, and his auto insurance is provided by John Walsh's company.   
On December 27, Committees were given the opportunity to update the club on what they have been up to. Rotary International has suggested to the Board of Directors that a $25 donation automatically be billed to Salem Rotarians every year during the third quarter. This is to ensure our continued designation as a 100% Club. The Service Committee gave an update on the wonderful DCF holiday event. Over 110 foster children were in attendance. Liz thanked everyone who helped out, and gave a special recognition to Gerrit who was in charge of crafting. Apparently some interesting ornaments were made, and we assume that they were bird themed. The Scholarship Committee is in the process of exploring new options to expand funding. For example, they are looking into ways that Rotarians and others can leave money to the foundation in their wills. Funds Allocation presented to the Board of Directors a donation to Citizens Inn for their Gala and Auction which was approved. A separate donation to Anne Boris, who makes weighted blankets for those in need of them, which came out of the Birthday Fund. A final reminder (maybe) to pick up your calendars at Rotary this week. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, they can be picked up in Claire's office at the Hawthorne Hotel. 
Beginning this month, the FOURTH meeting of the Salem Rotary will be an evening event from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This is an effort to encourage new membership and to accommodate current Rotarians who have difficulty getting to the lunchtime meetings.   
Jason Lang was the "winner" of the baseball raffle and will be bringing an item in to Rotary this week. Joe Amico once again scored a win by attending a networking event at the Chamber of Commerce. 
John Fisher will be bringing Mark Shaw's calendars to him in Florida, assuming that they can get out on the golf course at all. John does appreciate a bag or two of Cracker Jacks (in case Mark needs any ideas for a thank you gift). 


You can now pay for your 50/50 Raffle tickets and Happy Dollars with your credit card. Scan the QR Code and fill out the information on the Toast website. 

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

The guests on December 20 were the Salem High School band and choir, John Andrews of Creative Collective, Assistant Governor Martha Mauser, and Gary Stirgwolt. Guests on December 27 were Jen Close’s husband Tokala and Alex Sanchez, a prospective Rotarian whose membership would lock down real estate as by far the youngest industry represented in the Salem Rotary. 

CAlendar winner!

Hugh Galligan by Marie Cardillo
Ma Oosthtoek sold by Rinus Oosthoek

50:50 Raffle

December 20 Pot $107
December 27 Pot $182
Jake Segal (twice!!), Jason Lang, and Chris Casey all played
No winners either week


  • Chris Casey recently celebrated his 30 year wedding anniversary in Buenos Aires. No word on if he attended any wild World Cup celebrations.
  • Bruce Whear and Heidi went to Manhattan. They went to Broadway to see Book of Mormon and closed down a dueling piano bar. They danced. They sang. He is now eligible for Medicare.
  • John Fisher will be heading down to Florida soon and hopes to play gold with Mark Shaw. "It doesn’t look good" according to Mark.
  • Jen Close travelled with the family to England and Amsterdam family vacation over the holidays and to celebrate her son’s birthday
  • Rich Eisner is a jerk

Club Announcements and events


Saturday, December 17, 2022
Kernwood Country Club
We will once again be participating in the DCF Holiday event at Kernwood Country Club. There are many shifts available beginning as early as 9:15 in the morning when volunteers are needed to help transport the gifts from Danvers to Salem. Setup at the Kernwood will be from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The party will last from 1 – 3 PM, and clean up will be from 3 PM until it’s clean! Please contact Liz Bradt for more details and to sign up!
Virtual Winter Classes
February 28 and March 2 6-9pm
Do you want to enhance your Rotary experience and learn how expand your service to be a more effective member? Parts I, II, III and Graduate will be offered (and must be taken in order). Sessions are open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors...whether or not they are currently serving as club officers or on the club leadership track. Sign up here!
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Member Birthdays
John Hall
January 3
Diane Fatouros
January 12
Elizabeth Bradt
January 14
Leslie Levesque
January 19
Robyn Burns
January 21
Ryan Guilmartin
January 21
Kenneth Rothwell
January 28
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Jan 03, 2023
Friends Forever International
Jan 10, 2023
Disability Resource Center
Jan 17, 2023
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Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
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